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Episode 102

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Episode 102 / 21st December 2023

102 Navigating Your Dog's Separation Anxiety Through the Holiday Season

Are you uncertain about how the holiday season will impact your dog's separation anxiety? In this latest podcast episode, we address the common concerns and questions surrounding separation anxiety during this time of year.

We're diving into the potential effects of holiday routines and we'll look at practical advice on whether to continue training during this period.

Learn how to manage your dog's separation anxiety during holiday travels and get tips on what to expect if you take a break from training.

Embrace the upcoming holiday season with confidence and look forward to a motivated start in January. Tune in for all my insights and tips.

Meanwhile, if you're ready to make 2024 the year you smash separation anxiety, join the waitlist for my private membership, Separation Anxiety Heroes.

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Episode 101

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Episode 101 / 5th November 2023

101 Separation Anxiety and the House Training Conundrum with Kathleen McClure

Struggling with a dog who soils the house? Not sure whether it’s anxiety or a house training issue? . Well, if this is your dog, you don’t need me to tell you how frustrating it is.

That’s why, in this episode I’m joined by Kathleen McClure, a Certified SA Pro who also has a partcular focus on house training.

Kathleen and I had a fascinating conversation about dogs who go in the house.

Here are 5 key takeaways:

1. What the difference is between house training issues related to anxiety and those that aren’t.

2. The importance of reinforcement and creating positive associations for desired behaviors, and why house training is no exception.

3. How to prevent future accidents and manage your dog's behavior to set them up for success.

4. How to change your dog's emotions and reduce fear if they only have accidents when you're away.

5. Why some dogs may avoid eliminating in front of their owners if they feel scared or unsafe.

So, whether you're battling separation anxiety or struggling with house training, join me and Kathleen as we dive into expert strategies that will transform your dog's behavior.

To find out more about Kathleen and how she can help you, check out Kathleen's self-paced online course and one-on-one coaching to get the personalized support you need on your dog's journey to house training success. You can get more info at:

For information on how to work with me, click here.

To get a copy of my bestselling book, click here.

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Episode 100

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Episode 100/ 21st Oct 2023

100 Ten Things I’d Tell My Younger Self About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety

IImagine being able to send a letter to your past self, filled with wisdom and advice about the challenging road ahead with a dog who has separation anxiety..

Today, I’m doing just that. I’ll share the 10 key lessons that I wish I knew 13 years ago, from the emotional ups and downs to the importance of ignoring opinions and seeking expert advice.

For information on how I can help you, visit my website:

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Episode 099

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Episode 099/ 13th Oct 2023

099 Is There Actually a Cure for Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

Is it possible to fully and finally get dogs over this condition such that they have a normal response to being left alone—a permanent change that we might describe as a cure?.

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Episode 098

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Episode 098/ 29th July 2023

098 The Two Minute Rule: Your Secret Weapon Against Training Procrastination

If you’ve ever put off separation anxiety training, you are definitely not alone. Procrastination in training is such a common issue. Human brains are naturally inclined to seek immediate rewards, and a session of separation training definitely doesn't deliver that. It's all about long-term pay back.

No wonder then, that it can be easy to put training off.

But there's a nifty hack I want to share with you, that will help you bust procrastination. It’s called the Two Minute Rule.

And no, it’s in no way related to how long food is safe on the floor after being dropped.

This rule is all about setting a 2-minute limit for a task. It might seem weird, but doing this surprisingly motivates us to continue beyond that short time limit.

And in this episode, we delve into the science behind procrastination, how the Two Minute Rule generates a sense of accomplishment, and how it can help you get started when you’d rather do anything else but separation anxiety training.

Remember, separation anxiety training isn't about instant gratification. It's a long-term investment for your dog’s wellbeing (and your wellbeing too!). Which is why I love the Two Minute Rule: it helps us manage our motivation for training sessions and conquer feelings of procrastination.

So, if you've been putting off training, tune in and discover the power of the Two Minute Rule to overcome your training hurdles.

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Episode 097

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Episode 097/ 21st July 2023

097 Separation Anxiety: Revealing the Truth Behind Social Media Misinformation

In today's episode, we're diving deep into the world of social media and its impact on our understanding of separation anxiety in dogs.

We'll explore the myths, misconceptions, and misinformation that often circulate online, and how they can confuse and derail us when trying to help our pups.

From miracle cures to blaming owners for their dogs' anxiety, we'll debunk at the big social media myths, and I'll share what the real truth actually is.

We'll also discuss the importance of being critical consumers of information, especially when it comes to our dogs' health and wellbeing.

So, whether you're scrolling through TikTok, Instagram, or Threads, join me as I share my tips for navigating the digital landscape to find information on separation anxiety you can truly trust.

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Episode 096

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Episode 096 / 16th July 2023

096 Is Separation Anxiety Training Actually Futile? No. Here's Why

Ever wondered if all the separation anxiety training you do is actually worth it? Well, that very topic came up during a recent group coaching Zoom with my Separation Anxiety Heroes members.

And it made me think: is separation anxiety training actually ever a waste of time?

Well, I’m passionate that it is a worthwhile endeavor. Admittedly, while the gradual exposure method works for most dogs, there are some dogs that do not respond to this type of training and never recover from separation anxiety.

However, even for these dogs, training is not futile. That’s why in this episode I set out the three big reasons why you aren’t wasting your time. And why it does pay to give separation anxiety training your best shot.

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Episode 095

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Episode 095 / 23rd June 2023

095 A Hard Truth: Why Not Leaving Your Dog Is Ridiculously Tough, But Absolutely Necessary

One of the hardest things I ever have to tell anyone is that to get their dog over separation anxiety, they need to find ways not to leave their dog in the meantime.

It never goes down well.

And I get that. I mean, when you get a dog the last thing you sign up for is not even being able to go out to get a pint of milk without your dog howling down the house.

But the thing is, in order for the gold standard separation anxiety treatment (gradual exposure) to work, we have to stop dogs having exposure to scary alone time.

I do get how impossibly hard this can be, though. I wouldn't suggest it if there were any other way.

That's why, in this latest episode, I explain why we need to do this. And I dive into what you might do if you're struggling to get your head round this crazy concept.

Tune in to find out more.

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Episode 094

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Episode 094/ 2nd June 2023

094 Understanding the Problems with Punishment: An Interview with Dr. Karolina Westlund.

On this episode of Be Right Back! Separation Anxiety Podcast, I get to chat to the brilliant Dr. Karolina Westlund, a huge name in the world of animal behaviour.

Our focus? The use of punitive approaches in dog training, and in particular the problems associated with punishment. Karolina has identified 20 major pitfalls linked to punishment (she says there are likely even more!), and, in our discussion, she highlights some of the key issues.

If you like the science of animal behaviour, and love a geek out, you'll be hooked by this one!

To dive into Karolina's blog, click here.

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Episode 093

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Episode 093 / 19th May 2023

093 Beyond Obedience: Teaching Your Dog How to Feel Safe in a Daunting World

Join me in the latest episode of “Be Right Back! Separation Anxiety Podcast”, where I explain the single most important lesson we can teach our dogs: that they are safe.

In the episode, we also look at how to keep dogs safe, and why must prioritize our dog's emotional well-being above all else.

We'll explore why the use of unethical, aversive training tools exploits a dog's need to be safe, and dissect why these tools can be so damaging.

We'll also dive into how understanding dog body language is crucial in identifying dogs' discomfort or fear.

If you're keen on creating a secure and fear-free world for your dog (and I know you are), this episode is a must-listen!

Got a dog who's scared of being alone? I can help! Check out my free guide.

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Episode 092

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Episode 092 / 5th May 2023

092 Vacation and Travel Plans? What to Do When Routine Changes Affect Your Training

Planning a getaway and worried about how a routine change will impact your dog's separation anxiety, especially if you've been investing time in separation anxiety training?

In this latest episode of Be Right Back! Separation Anxiety podcast, we dive into the world of routine changes, exploring the effects of going away and taking a break from training on our pups.

Tune in to get my expert tips and strategies to help you and your dog navigate these changes with ease. Discover what to expect when you return, and how to smoothly transition back into your training routine. If you're at all worried about the challenges of balancing travel and separation anxiety training, you won't want to miss this episode.

To learn more about how to work with me, visit

For a free cheat sheet on separation anxiety training mistakes to avoid, click here.

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Episode 091

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Episode 091 / 25th April 2023

091 From Abandoned to Adored: How one Non-Profit is Helping Rescue Dogs with Separation Anxiety

Join me for an inspiring and informative episode where I interview Jenni Pfafman and Amanda Dwyer. Jenni and Amanda are on the board of the Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers (HART) a non-profit organization that connects shelter and rescue organizations with credentialed, professional trainers.

HART's trainers donate their time to support variety of behaviour cases remotely. Their training advice provides crucial support for new adopters, increasing the chances of successful placements.

And in this interview we talk about how those trainers help adopters who've taken on a dog who can't be left alone.

Don't miss out on this discussion about how HART is changing the lives of shelter and rescue dogs and the people who love them!

Links in this episode:
Humane Alliance of Rescue Trainers

About Jenni Pfafman and Amanda Dwyer

To find out how I can help you with separation anxiety, whether you have a rescue dog or not, start with this free cheatsheet.

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Episode 090

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Episode 090 / 17th April 2023

090 How to Take the Pressure off and Prevent Training Burnout

On this episode of Be Right Back! Separation Anxiety Podcast, we're talking about training burnout.

Following on from our discussion in the last episode when we considered what to do when you want to give up, in this episode we look at how to take the pressure off if you do want to keep pushing through.

I'm going to share my 5 tips for making training feel less like a burden, less like your full-time job. And instead I show you how you can reset, so that you no longer dread training and stop hating everything about it.

If this sounds like you, make sure you tune in!

To find out more about how I can help with your dog's separation anxiety, visit my website:

And for more free training tips, download this cheat sheet.

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Episode 089

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Episode 089 / 7th April 2023

089 Does It Ever Make Sense To Give Up on Desensitization?

Desensitization is the tried and trusted method for separation anxiety. But it’s true that it can take time. It's not the most fun training process. And it doesn't work for every dog.

So is it ever right to say you’ve given it your best shot and are giving up?

Well, in this episode, I want to take you through 5 questions to help you make that decision.

I don't want you to give up because I see over and over how powerful this method can be.

But if you're feeling like you're done, I do at least want you to be certain that you're doing the right thing.

Meanwhile, if you feel like you don't want to give up, and would like more help, here are some resources for you.

Join my free Facebook support group.
Check out my membership, Separation Anxiety Heroes, where people like you are getting their dogs over separation anxiety every day.
Download my free separation anxiety training guide.

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Episode 088

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Episode 088 / 31st March 2023

088 Know Better, Do Better: Trainer Tips for Forgiving the Innocent Mistakes We All Made in the Past

Discovering that your dog has separation anxiety hits hard. One of the biggest emotions to deal with the remorse we feel for not knowing.

We beat ourselves up because we left a dog who couldn't be left. We berate ourselves for missing the signs that now seem so obvious.

But, as natural as it is to feel bad about what we did when we didn't know better, we do need to let go. Hanging on to that guilt isn't good for us. And it's not good for our dog.

That's why in this episode I'm sharing what trainers what you to know about letting go of those feelings. Inspired by the my amazing Certified Separation Anxiety Pros, I explain why it's so important to look forward, not back. And give you some tips on hos to do that.

If you want to work privately with a Certified Separation Anxiety Pr, check out the listing on my website.

And if you want to work with me, you can start by downloading this free cheat sheet.

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Episode 087

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Episode 087 / 25th March 2023

087 Want to Make Daycare Work for Your Dog? Here's How

When you have a dog with separation anxiety, you do your best to find ways not to leave them. Daycare is an obvious solution.

But the problem is, not every dog loves daycare, and not every daycare centre is right for dogs with separation anxiety.

However, at a well run daycare, dogs of all ages and personalities can benefit, including dogs with separation anxiety.

In this episode, I'm going to share my advice for what to look for in a great daycare. And I give you my tips for how to sniff out the best doggie daycares in your area.

Download the free guide to separation anxiety training here.
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Episode 086

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Episode 086 / 17th March 2023

086 Smug People and their “Perfect” Dogs: How to Not Let Them Make You Feel Like a Failure

Let’s face it, people who’ve never had a dog with separation anxiety can be smug! They tell us about their “perfect” dog who “never had any issues being left.”

And they quiz us about why we “still” can't leave our dog (accompanied by yet more eye rolling).

Does this sound familiar? I'm guessing it might! If so, tune into this episode where I'll be sharing my top strategies to stop their smugness making you feeling like a failure.

For a free guide on the 6 Mistakes to Avoid when you're getting your dog over separation anxiety, click here.

To join my free Dog Separation Anxiety Support group, click here.

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Episode 085

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Episode 085 / 10th March 2023

085 What to Do When Your Dog Can’t Be Alone, But Is Dog and People Reactive Too

Having a dog who can't be left is hard enough. But for some dogs, being around strange people or dogs is also a challenge.

When this happens, it can feel like your options for managing alone-time are almost non-existent.

But there are strategies you can employ to make this work for you. If you're feeling like there's no hope for you and your dog, make sure you give this episode a listen!

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Episode 084

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Episode 084 / 3rd March 2023

084 Sophie the Romanian Rescue—Helping a Dog Who’s Scared of the World with Simon Wooler

In this episode, we're not talking about separation anxiety. Instead we're looking at how to help a dog with different fears.

Tune in to hear my interview with Simon Wooler. Simon has been working with Sophie the Romanian Rescue and her family, Rory Cellan-Jones and Diane Coyle.

It's a wonderful, heartwarming story. Not only will you love Sophie and her humans, you'll love Simon's adivce for anyone working with a fearful dog.


About Simon Wooler

Simon is a qualified trainer, certified by the Academy for Dog Trainers, one of the most rigorous dog behaviour and training programmes in the world.

He has been training dogs for the past twelve years, specialising in fear and aggression. He has worked as a volunteer trainer for Black Retriever Cross Rescue in Wiltshire.

His goal is always to help owners feel confident, in control and enjoy training their dogs because when it comes to success, having fun through the process is part of delivering a great result.

Simon came to dog training after 20 years as a sound engineer so loud barking hardly registers on his personal decibel scale. His own troubled dog, Thomson, was the motivator for seeking out effective, evidence-based training methods.

If you would like Si's help with your fearful dog, his website is You can also find Simon on Twitter, where he's shared updates on Sophie. And of course you can follow Sophie's adventures on Rory Cellan-Jones' Twitter account.

Meanwhile, back to separation anxiety. 🙂 If you have a dog with separation anxiety you can download my free guide here.

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Episode 083

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Episode 083 / 24th Feb 2023

083 4 Reasons Force-Free is the Only Choice for Separation Anxiety Training

Force-free training is kind, ethical, and highly effective. I'm passionate that it's the only way to train dogs. But I'm especially passionate that there is absolutely no other way to train dogs with separation anxiety.

In the episode I explain

Why you can't treat fear with fear
How attempting to punish out anxiety is cruel, ineffective and risky, and
Why coercive, harsh training methods can actually make a dog more anxious about being left.
Tune in to find out more.

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Visit my website:
Grab a copy of my book, Be Right Back!, the global bestselling book on separation anxiety.
Download my free guide to separation anxiety training.

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